Flood watch, surf advisory continued

A flash-flood watch and a high-surf advisory have been continued in Maui County, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

The flash-flood watch will remain in effect until tonight for the entire county. A flash-flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Abundant moisture ahead of front combined with an upper level trough will result in periods of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms, according to the weather service. Excessive rainfall could lead to flash flooding of streams and low-lying areas.

Residents and visitors are urged to monitor the forecast and reminded that it does not have to be raining in a location for flash flooding to occur.

The high-surf advisory for the north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai is in effect until 6 p.m. today. Strong breaking waves and shore break and strong longshore and rip currents are expected, making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers should use caution and heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.

Surf is forecast to reach heights of 12 to 17 feet along north-facing shores and 4 to 8 feet on east-facing shores. Forecast surf heights are of the face, or front, of the wave.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather information can be found at weather.gov/hawaii or by calling, toll free, (866) 944-5025.

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